Earth Awareness Contest

The Clinch Coalition’s 12th Annual Art & Essay Contest

What is Your Ecological Footprint?

Teacher Resource and Information

 

Overview

Everyone makes footprints when they walk in the sand or the mud; those footprints are easy to see.  But an ecological footprint isn't as visible.  Ecological footprints occur with certain activities and decisions that we make in our daily lives.  These decisions leave a “footprint” on the earth just like you can leave a footprint in the sand.  Your ecological footprint takes into account how much land, water and resources it takes to provide everything people use. Simply put, footprint calculations answer the questions: how much nature do we have and how much do we use? With a better understanding of how we utilize resources and the impact that we cause, we can find ways to create a smaller footprint and improve life on the planet for everyone!  So tell us, what is YOUR footprint on the earth and what can you do to make it smaller?   The health of our Earth is very important. What can we do to maintain and improve our environment?

Ecological Footprint Lesson Plans Below

 

Listed below are links to websites that provide free ecological lesson plans.

 

K-5th Lesson Plans

 

Government of Canada Fisheries and Oceans - Lesson Plan - Ecological footprint - How does the way we live affect the Earth?

https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/education/lessonplans-lecons/empreinte-eco-footprint-eng.html

 

5th-8th Lesson Plans

 

Sierra Club - Map Your Eco-footprint

https://sierraclub.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Ecological-Footprint_Lesson-Plan_5-7.pdf

 

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation - Ecological Footprint

http://earthbeat.sk.ca/pdf/lessonplan/2018/03/Ecological-Footprints-Lesson-Plan-8-v2018.pdf

 

California Academy of Sciences - Your Hidden Water Footprint: Defining a Problem to Find a Solution

https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/your-hidden-water-footprint-defining-a-problem-to-find-a-solution

 

9th-12th Lesson Plans

Better Lesson - What’s Your Ecological Footprint?

https://betterlesson.com/lesson/637212/what-s-your-ecological-footprint

 

Adaptable for 6th-12th

 

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network - Ecological Footprint

https://cleanet.org/resources/41905.html

 

Connecticut Energy Education - Energy Efficiency and Climate Change - Ecological Footprint

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=2ahUKEwjgnfDd1_nmAhXtlOAKHTHECq4QFjACegQIAhAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.greeneducationfoundation.org%2Finstitute%2Flesson-clearinghouse%2Fdownload%2Ffile.html%3Ffid%3D19.382&usg=AOvVaw0rd_7vQNGnr7uGc8NrmrLe

 

NOAA Science & Information for a Climate-Smart Nation - Carbon Calculator Activity

https://www.climate.gov/teaching/resources/carbon-calculator-activity

 

 

Other Resources and Tools

 

Teacher.org - Lesson Plans (K-12th)

https://www.teacher.org/lesson-plans/environmental/

 

Teach For America - Lesson Plans for Teaching Sustainability (K-12th)

https://www.teachforamerica.org/stories/lesson-plans-for-teaching-sustainability

 

EPA - Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Environmental Resources for Educators

https://www.epa.gov/students/lesson-plans-teacher-guides-and-online-environmental-resources-educators

 

edLightenSC Energy-focused education (link for 9th-12th, but also resources for K-12th)

https://www.enlightensc.org/lesson-plan/9th-12th/

 

Global Footprint Network - Ecological Footprint?

https://www.footprintcalculator.org

 

Climate Generation - Zero Footprint Youth Calculator

https://calc.zerofootprint.net

 

Teach the Earth - The Portal for Earth Education - Teaching Climate Change: Lessons for the Past

https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/climatechange/footprint.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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